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History Graduate Program

Rebecca_Montgomery_editGraduate Director
Dr. Rebecca Montgomery
Office: TMH-217
Email: rm53@txstate.edu
Phone: 512.245.2116

Application to History Graduate Program
Application for Instructional Assistantship
Graduate College Application Information and Forms
Graduate Student Handbook
Comprehensive Exam Overview & Procedures

The Department of History at Texas State University has much to offer graduate students. The graduate faculty have diverse research and teaching interests and a growing reputation for scholarly excellence, the latter of which is reflected in their impressive record of published work. Collaborative efforts with the Center for Texas Music History housed within the department, the Center for the Study of Southwest, local school districts, and a vibrant Public History Program complement outstanding scholarship and curricular opportunities throughout the graduate program. The following details goals and use for funds for Public History and History Master’s program.

The department has gained national recognition from the American Historical Association for being a leading Master of Arts program producing graduates who successfully complete doctoral programs at other American universities.

Research facilities are abundant. In addition to the University library, which has more than 3.4 million pieces in its collection, including more than 1.3 million titles, graduate students have access to the vast holdings of the University of Texas Library, including the Center for American History and the Benson Latin American Collection. Students enrolled at Texas State may make use of some of the most extensive collections of documents and titles available in the Southwest.

Master of Arts (with thesis)
33 hours of graduate-level history, or 27 hours of graduate-level history with an optional six hour cognate in a discipline outside of history approved by the director of graduate studies.
3 hours - general or United States historiography
3 hours - general research seminar
6 hours thesis credit
9-15 hours in major field of history
6-9 hours history electives
6 hours (optional) outside cognate
master's thesis
university comprehensive exam (thesis defense)

Master of Arts (non-thesis)
36 hours of graduate history, or 30 hours of graduate history with an optional six hour cognate in a discipline outside of history approved by the director of graduate studies.
3 hours--general or United States historiography
3 hours--general research seminar
15-18 hours in major field of history* 6-9 hours history electives*
6 hours (optional) outside cognate
Written or oral comprehensive examination
*Note: at least 6 hours of graduate history must be taken in "research" seminars in which a formal paper based on research into "primary" sources constitutes a significant portion of the course grade.

Master of Arts with specialization in Public History (with thesis)
39 hours of graduate history, or 33 hours of graduate history with an optional 6 hour cognate in a discipline approved by the director of graduate studies and the director of the Public History program
3 hours United States historiography [5360]
3 hours The Practice of Public History [5371]
3 hours Internship [5374]
3 hours General Research Seminar
6 hours Thesis Credit
9-12 hours of Elective Public History courses
9 hours of United States history seminars
6 hours outside cognate (optional, on approval, as indicated above)
Master’s Thesis
Comprehensive examination [Thesis defense]

Master of Arts with specialization in Public History  (non-thesis)
36 hours of graduate history, or 30 hours of graduate history with an optional 6 hour cognate in a discipline approved by the director of graduate studies and the director of the Public History program.
3 hours United States historiography [5360]
3 hours The Practice of Public History [5371]
3 hours Internship [5374]
3 hours Public History Project [5377] (if possible)
9 - 12 hours of Elective Public History courses
9 - 15 hours of United States history seminars
6 hours outside cognate (optional, on approval, as indicated above)
Comprehensive examination [combination of written and oral exams]

Master of Education in History (non–thesis)
21 hours of graduate level history and 15 graduate hours from a discipline outside of history or 21 hours of graduate level history, 9 graduate hours in one discipline outside of history, and 6 hours in a second outside discipline
3 hours - general or United States historiography
3 hours – general research seminar
9-12 hours in major field of history and 3-6 hours history electives
15 hours outside minor(s) in one or two academic disciplines, or 15 hours education (which, with student teaching hours and experience, would qualify the student for certification) Written or oral comprehensive examination.